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Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip -- Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

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Waiter Rant is a delightful look at restaurant life from the other side of the tablecloth. The Waiter will enlighten and instruct you while sometimes grossing you out. Comparisons to Kitchen Confidential can’t be avoided, and Waiter Rant is a welcome addition to the subgenre.
Recommended by Beth, Powells.com

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According to The Waiter, eighty percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining twenty percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths. Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places. Through outrageous stories, The Waiter reveals the secrets to getting good service, proper tipping etiquette, and how to keep him from spitting in your food. The Waiter also shares his ongoing struggle, at age thirty-eight, to figure out if he can finally leave the first job at which he's truly thrived.

Review:

"The anonymous restaurant professional behind the Bloggie Award — winning WaiterRant.net expands on his postings in his first book. The result is an enjoyable if utterly unromantic personal expos on the inner workings of the New York City — area restaurants that have employed him since 1999. To his first job, the Waiter brought abandoned dreams and ambitions for a religious vocation, an eventual psychology degree and employment experiences in a drug-rehabilitation center. That history proved useful in professional service, particularly a restaurant that, with its corrupt manager and dictatorial boss and despite its upmarket setting, clientele and business volume, was an example of the very worst in the industry. The narrative hangs on the author's professional development from restaurant newbie to jaded industry-spokesperson; he makes ample room for extended riffs on manners, money, morals and even meals. He catalogues the grime-and-gross-out factors (some obscene), so comparisons to Kitchen Confidential are inevitable." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"If you've ever worked in food service, Waiter Rant will make you smile with rueful recognition; if you haven't, the book may change your restaurant manners or...stop you from ever eating out again." Very Short List

Review:

"A heartfelt, irreverent look at the underbelly of fine dining." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Based on the award-winning blog, Waiter Rant tells the story from the server's point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogance, and misbehavior.

Synopsis:

Who knows the ins and outs of romance better than a Harlequin editor? A surprising and exhilarating look into Patience Blooms unexpected real-life love story.

At some point, weve all wished romance could be more like fiction. Patience Bloom certainly did, many times over. As a teen she fell in love with Harlequin novels and imagined her life would turn out just like the heroines on the page: That shy guy she had a crush on wouldnt just take her out—hed sweep her off her feet with witty banter, quiet charm, and a secret life as a rock star. Not exactly her reality, but Bloom kept reading books that fed her reveries.

Years later she moved to New York and found her dream job, editing romances for Harlequin. Every day, her romantic fantasies came true—on paper. Bloom became an expert when it came to fictional love stories, editing amazing books and learning everything she could about the romance business. But her dating life remained uninspired. She nearly gave up on love.

Then one day a real-life chance at romance made her wonder if what shed been writing and editing all those years might be true. A Facebook message from a high school friend, Sam, sparked a relationship with more promise than shed had in years. But Sam lived thousands of miles away—they hadnt seen each other in more than twenty years. Was it worth the risk?

Finally, Bloom learned: Love and romance can conquer all.

About the Author

The Waiter waited his first table at age thirty-one. In 2004 the author started his wildly popular blog, www.WaiterRant.net, winning the 2006 "Best Writing in a Weblog" Bloggie Award. He is interviewed regularly by major media as the voice for many of the two million waiters in the United States. The Waiter lives in the New York metropolitan area.

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espletts, August 17, 2008 (view all comments by espletts)
I have read the waiters blog for over a year now and have enjoyed it immensely. It is good to see that he has chronicled his experiences in his book for the entertainment of others. He is a talented writer and I certainly hope he never quits writing. The Book is very funny and poignant and completely draws you into it.
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Tracey, August 12, 2008 (view all comments by Tracey)
No matter how many behind-the-scenes books I read about the food industry, I'm always ready for another. I think these books feed into our senses of fair play, righteousness and the lack therein. Eating in a restaurant can have the feeling of a play unfolding, with the stage on the dining floor, but with the real drama and passion taking place backstage in the kitchen. It's that real drama that most of us don't witness (thank goodness!). As well as a being good armchair visit to the restaurant biz, this also gives us a view into a life after seminary school dissillusionment

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061256684
Subtitle:
A Memoir of Finding Love at Last
Author:
The Waiter
Author:
Waiter, The
Author:
Bloom, Patience
Author:
by Waiter, The
Author:
Waiter
Author:
Dublanica, Steve
Publisher:
Dutton Adult
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Consumers
Subject:
Waiters
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Industries - Hospitality, Travel & Tourism
Subject:
Form - Anecdotes
Subject:
Consumers - Social life and customs
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140206
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.18 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 320 pages Ecco - English 9780061256684 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Waiter Rant is a delightful look at restaurant life from the other side of the tablecloth. The Waiter will enlighten and instruct you while sometimes grossing you out. Comparisons to Kitchen Confidential can’t be avoided, and Waiter Rant is a welcome addition to the subgenre.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The anonymous restaurant professional behind the Bloggie Award — winning WaiterRant.net expands on his postings in his first book. The result is an enjoyable if utterly unromantic personal expos on the inner workings of the New York City — area restaurants that have employed him since 1999. To his first job, the Waiter brought abandoned dreams and ambitions for a religious vocation, an eventual psychology degree and employment experiences in a drug-rehabilitation center. That history proved useful in professional service, particularly a restaurant that, with its corrupt manager and dictatorial boss and despite its upmarket setting, clientele and business volume, was an example of the very worst in the industry. The narrative hangs on the author's professional development from restaurant newbie to jaded industry-spokesperson; he makes ample room for extended riffs on manners, money, morals and even meals. He catalogues the grime-and-gross-out factors (some obscene), so comparisons to Kitchen Confidential are inevitable." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "If you've ever worked in food service, Waiter Rant will make you smile with rueful recognition; if you haven't, the book may change your restaurant manners or...stop you from ever eating out again."
"Review" by , "A heartfelt, irreverent look at the underbelly of fine dining."
"Synopsis" by , Based on the award-winning blog, Waiter Rant tells the story from the server's point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogance, and misbehavior.
"Synopsis" by ,
Who knows the ins and outs of romance better than a Harlequin editor? A surprising and exhilarating look into Patience Blooms unexpected real-life love story.

At some point, weve all wished romance could be more like fiction. Patience Bloom certainly did, many times over. As a teen she fell in love with Harlequin novels and imagined her life would turn out just like the heroines on the page: That shy guy she had a crush on wouldnt just take her out—hed sweep her off her feet with witty banter, quiet charm, and a secret life as a rock star. Not exactly her reality, but Bloom kept reading books that fed her reveries.

Years later she moved to New York and found her dream job, editing romances for Harlequin. Every day, her romantic fantasies came true—on paper. Bloom became an expert when it came to fictional love stories, editing amazing books and learning everything she could about the romance business. But her dating life remained uninspired. She nearly gave up on love.

Then one day a real-life chance at romance made her wonder if what shed been writing and editing all those years might be true. A Facebook message from a high school friend, Sam, sparked a relationship with more promise than shed had in years. But Sam lived thousands of miles away—they hadnt seen each other in more than twenty years. Was it worth the risk?

Finally, Bloom learned: Love and romance can conquer all.

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